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NFL drug adviser denies falsifying race driver's test

Published Oct. 16, 2005

The NFL's drug adviser has denied a report that he falsified the drug tests that caused the late Tim Richmond to be banned from stock car racing. Dr. Forest Tennant told the Battle Creek (Mich.) Enquirer that the report Wednesday on WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., featured two disgruntled previous employees who were paid to give interviews. The report said the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) asked Tennant to establish a substance-abuse policy with Richmond in mind. NASCAR, which had no comment concerning Richmond, told WJLA that it is in the process of hiring a replacement for Tennant. WJLA reporter Roberta Baskin and senior producer Arthur Wood denied the station paid former employees of Tennant for interviews. Richmond was banned from racing shortly before the 1988 Daytona 500 when NASCAR announced he had tested positive for drugs. He died of AIDS Aug. 13, 1989.Douglas signs to fight Holyfield for $25-million

Heavyweight boxing champion Buster Douglas would make $25-million to fight Evander Holyfield and $35-million for a potential rematch with Mike Tyson under a deal with casino mogul Steve Wynn. Douglas also will get an option to buy 100,000 shares of stock in Wynn's company for fighting at The Mirage resort in Las Vegas, Nev., promoter Bob Arum said. Holyfield has yet to agree to terms. Douglas' purses would top the record payout of nearly $21-million that Tyson got for fighting Michael Spinks in June 1988. The deal would be void if Douglas is not able to get out of his promotional contract with Don King, now the subject of lawsuits in both Las Vegas and New York.

Hurdler Foster breaks foot after winning race in Spain

Hurdler Greg Foster will be sidelined indefinitely after breaking a bone in his foot, the third broken bone he has sustained in the past three years. Foster, the 1984 Olympic silver medialist and two-time outdoor world champion in the 110-meter high hurdles, was injured when he stepped in a crack after winning a race in San Sebastian, Spain.

Berger beats Masur in U.S. Pro Indoor tournament

Fourth-seeded Jay Berger broke Wally Masur's service four times on his way to a 6-2, 6-4 victory and a quarterfinal berth in the upset-laden $1-million U.S. Pro Indoor tennis tournament in Philadelphia. On Wednesday, top-seeded John McEnroe fell to Richey Reneberg and No. 2 seed Brad Gilbert lost to Paul Haarhuis. McEnroe suffered a groin injury and has withdrawn from a tournament to be held next week in Memphis, Tenn.

Also worth mentioning . . .

The Tampa Sports Club holds its 29th annual sports award banquet tonight at the Egypt Temple Shrine. Dinner is 7:30 p.m., with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. Green Bay Packers head coach Lindy Infante is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $40. For information, call 879-7775. . . . The American Soccer League and Western Soccer Leagues announced that they have merged into the American Professional Soccer League for marketing and business purposes. The leagues said they would not play inter-league games this year, but their champions will play an APSL Championship Game on Sept. 22. The Tampa Bay Rowdies are in the ASL. . . College head coaches Jim Boeheim of Syracuse, P.J. Carlesimo of Seton Hall and Joe Harrington of Long Beach State will be assistants to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for the U.S. team that will compete in the Goodwill Games and the World Championships this summer.

_ Compiled by John Luttermoser.